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Issue 24, 2016
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Iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of imines assisted by an iron-based Lewis acid

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Abstract

An iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of N-aryl and N-alkyl imines using isopropanol as the hydrogen donor is reported for the first time. A combination of two iron complexes serving different roles is the key for the success of this catalytic system. As a result, an environmentally friendly and precious metal-free transfer hydrogenation of imines has been developed. The use of a suitable co-catalyst as an activator not only led to efficient transfer hydrogenation, but also showed potential in enantioselective transformation.

Graphical abstract: Iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of imines assisted by an iron-based Lewis acid

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Submitted
13 Oct 2015
Accepted
03 Nov 2015
First published
03 Nov 2015

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016,14, 5490-5493
Article type
Communication

Iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of imines assisted by an iron-based Lewis acid

H. Pan, T. W. Ng and Y. Zhao, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2016, 14, 5490
DOI: 10.1039/C5OB02119G

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